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January finishes

11 Feb

Total of 5 finishes for January.  Heirloom was offering double points for small quilts.  These first 4 will either be wall hangings or table squares.

Jan finish1 Up close 1 Back 1

The square in the middle of the block is probably 1″ finished.

Jan finish 2 Up close 2 Backing 2

Little blue baskets, badly pieced but not real obvious once given a hot bath and dry!

Jan finis 3 Up close 3 Backing 3

Teeny 9 patch!  The squares within the 9 patch are 1/2 ” finished!

Jan finish 4 Backing 4

Colorful little hour glass.  Apparently the photog decided against an up close pic!

i think (don’t quote me) these were Jo Morton patterns from her little women club.  Love the texture created by the quilting, wash, dry process!  I quilted all 4 of these with 1 backing.  Quilted was freehand as is obvious when looking at my wiggly lines!  I hand bound these.

Jan finish 5 This one is a nice lap sized quilt that we gave as a wedding gift.  2″ finished batik squares.  Quilted in a teal thread with a nice all over design.  This quilt was hand bound.

and that wraps January. So I started with 96 – 5 January finishes leaves me at 91!


Liar! Liar!

2 Dec

My pants are on fire!

So I may have been exaggerating the number of finished tops that I personally have that are waiting to be quilted. I may have been saying “about a hunderd” when the topic came up. Keep in mind this is everything from a table runner to a bed sized quilt. This includes quilt tops that I personally pieced, purchased vintage tops, and tops that were gifted to or exchanged with me.  That’s a lot of categories people!

So Heirloom Creations is doing a terrific program in 2014 all about your UFOs (unfinished objects). Read all about it here:  UFO

So I decided it would be a tremendous idea for me to focus on quilting in 2014 instead of piecing.

First step is to identify and count all the UFOs and turn that list into heirloom creations.

After a cursory inventory, I’m thinking I’m a bit of an exaggerator! I don’t have a hundred un quilted tops!  No sir!  That is completely reedonkulous! If I have a hundred tops, I should be in therapy.  How many tops do YOU have?  Well, all I know is that I don’t have “about a hunderd” of them.

i only have about 94!   A measly few 94.  Just a puny little 2 digit number.  That’s what I have.  2 (count ’em TWO) digits!  What a relief! Of course I just counted what I could easily see. I may have missed one or inadvertently counted a back as a top.

We will have to wait until I get snaps of them all for an official number but DANG! I think I’m in good shape here! Maybe I don’t even need to participate in the UFO program. I’ve got a handle on this. No one would turn me into (quilt) hoarders for just 94 tops. I have at least a 6 quilt cushion!

I took snaps of 20 of the quilts so far. Wanna see ’em? That’s a silly question, of course you do or you would have clicked past me already onto the next blog. Duh.

Here is 10 of my ONLY 94 (at this time) (who knew I was such an exaggerator) un quilted tops.

Ufo  Ufo  Ufo  Ufo  Ufo  Ufo  Ufo  Ufo  Ufo  Ufo


Kayla and Wade’s quilt

2 Jan

Sister kris and i teamed up on a quilting project to gift the newly weds .  Kris did ALL the piecing and ALL the wonderful stitchery.  My contribution was the machine quilting and hand binding. The quilt is lovely.  Lots of pix to follow as kris as not seen the quilt since her part was done.  Here we go:

Kaylasquilt1  Kaylasquilt2  Kaylasquilt3  Kaylasquilt4  Kaylasquilt5

And now for some shots of the back

KAylaquilt6 Kaylasquilt8

I don’t know anything about the fabric or quilt pattern kris used but maybe she will jump in with a comment including that info.  I kinda think it might have been a BOM.  As far as the quilting goes, it was freehand with a bit of marking registration lines using chalk.  As much as possible, I tried to stay out of the way of the beautiful handwork that kris had done.

karen is a closet pink lover

23 Jun

and here is one of her quilts to prove it.  and she made this for herself.  it’s mostly likely going to live as a valentine’s day table cloth.  but may make an appearance periodically on her red couch!

we could have done something fun and/or fancy in the nice wide border but we chose to use a thread that worked well with the inside of the quilt which was brown.  Since that was high contrast with the wide border, it shows off the stitching pattern quite well.

The stitching pattern is Oma’s garden by Sophie Collier.  it really is a lovely pattern and fun to stitch.

let me tweak the picture a bit so you can see the stitching better…..

i can’t wait to see this quilt after karen washes and dries it a few times.  i anticipate great texture.

ok, some close ups…..look at the beautiful fabrics karen chose:

and a corner shot-because it’s fun!


baptism quilt and gown

26 Sep

one more time around for the baptism quilt and gown.  🙂  this is a family baptism quilt and gown that i made for my daughter carin.  the quilt is made from dupioni silk in a champagne color and quilted using isacord thread in a matching color.  jamie wallen inspired feathers make up the cross.  i echo quilted and pebbled around the cross.  i used renee haddadin’s amazing rays to do the radiating lines and embroidered a bible verse at the 4 points of the cross.  as the children in carin and scottie’s family are baptized, their name and baptism date is embroidered beside a ray.  i used a poly batting to give it a nice loft.

the gown is made from the same dupioni silk.  my mom helped tremendously with the construction of the gown part.  ok, she did it all!  it’s pretty simple design because we wanted to be able to use it for girls or boys (much to my brother’s dismay).  over the gown we attached a skirt of lace that i made using my embroidery machine.  i used isacord thread in a matching color for the lace.

ok everybody

3 Aug

you can all get off my back now.  you know who you are…were i mean because you’re all off now. thank you.

ta da!!:

and now you’re thinking “what’s the big honkin’ deal” right?  well let me tell you.  this here quilt.  yes this one that is COMPLETELY finished…..borders binding and label (ok no label but that’s how i roll)…..yes, this quilt is kaiden’s birth quilt.  i KNOW!  yes, he’s already (several months ago) had his 2nd birthday.  and you’re all tisk tisk tisking me because, well, because well i am a quilter.  and how could this poor child go 2 years (24 months) plus without a birth quilt.  i’ll tell you.  just because.   just because i am the nana and i say so.

anyway, kaiden’s quilt is done.  🙂  horray.  sisboomba.

and now a word from our sponsors:

pattern is by kaffe fasset.  the man loves templates.  and i don’t.  so i bought his book (one of many actually), and looked at the pattern, and figured out how to make it using a rotary cutting method.  and a liberal amount of fudging.  some of the fabrics are his dots which i combined with hand dyed fabric by ME! (and a few by janet myers because i didn’t have enuf greens and she had gobs).

i couldn’t decide on the border fabric so i used both.  i like it.  mitered corners even!  a little pizzaz if you will.

the backing fabric is by starr designs.  quilting thread on backing is a variegated by signature (yellow, orange and green).

quilting was a bit out of my comfort range…..i’m much more freehand, swirly, loosey goosey style.  this quilt just kept yapping at me.  so i caved and did ruler work.  ugh.

i quilted 2 of the borders in a chevron style and the remaining 2 borders in piano keys.

and lookie here.  i did the binding by machine.  yes i did.  i watched judy l’s video and tried it and i stunk it up.  looked so dang easy on the video.  i really need to find a method that works for me.  so i tried another way (not original).  this time i sewed the binding to the back of the quilt, and did a fancy little stitch on the front.  it’s okay.  not fab.  i think the key for me will be to use the same fabric for the border, backing and binding and top all that off with a matching thread.  but since that wasn’t the case this time, i decided to make the stitching stand out and used the variegated thread again.

good enuf for the boys i go with.

i’m working on another binding right now (who would guess that the outdoor QUILTS AND VINES show is in a couple weeks?!?).  it’s working pretty good.  by no means is this method fast for me.  i’m pinning about every 1-2 inches.  but my hands are not in pain when i get done so it’s a good thing martha.

quilt alert!

17 Jun

this is peg’s quilt.  when i was discussing the quilt top with her i said i wanted to keep it.  she didn’t actually say i could, but she said she hated making this quilt and didn’t really care how it was quilted.  i loved the quilt immediately i did.  i’d write more but i’m in a benedryl brown self induced fugue.

pretty much a full shot….

bead board in the setting triangle, stitch in the ditch in the flying geese runs.  x in the middle.  2 feather borders to finished it off.  batting was warm and natural i believe.  feathered wreaths were quilted using a quilt-ez board.

there you have it.  peg, i hope since you’ve had some time away from the PIECING of this quilt and now that is’s quilted, you will love this beauty the way it was intended to be loved!!